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Post anxious search of the writer to watch the return of the PGA happily



Post anxious search of the writer to watch the return of the PGA happily


This was how it felt this week for me, for the first time leaving the cocoon in my home where I had taken shelter in the last three months.

I look forward to this.

But I was very worried about that.

I want to go.

But I’m not really sure I want to leave.

When the PGA Tour redevelops its tournament schedule in April, Charles Schwab’s Challenge at Colonial Country Club will be the first tournament to be played since the COVID-19 pandemic pause.

A few weeks ago, when I asked my editor what he thought about covering the biography again, the answer was, “We like you there as long as you feel comfortable leaving.”

Of course, I immediately told him that I was all-in. But quietly, I’m worried when the trip gets closer.

After spending the last quarter of the year sheltering at home, the whole exercise feels like re-entering a creepy new world with more unknown than before COVID-19.

Getting on the plane was very stressful. Will anyone sit next to me? In front of me? Behind me? What if someone behind me sneezes?

I was fortunate to have a fight with myself on the flight out, which slightly alleviated my anxiety.

I was not so lucky on my flight home, from where I wrote this correspondence. Twenty-two people were on the standby list and the plane was crowded.

Contradicting the global insistence of social distance when boarding a plane is a crime.

As I waited at the gate to ascend, the recorded message was played repeatedly at the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport which mandated that people remain six feet apart. But apparently, it’s okay five minutes later when you get on a plane to rub against someone you don’t know for the next four hours.

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It sucks and strains and defines the phrase “mixed messages.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to close New York City because he saw photos of a crowd away from the socials who were hanging out in St. Louis. Marks. But being crammed into a plane with almost no empty seats is that okay?

Where are the regulations responsible for 37,000 feet?

The next dilemma is the hotel. Would I feel comfortable putting my head on a foreign pillow at night? How can you believe that everything in the room is properly disinfected?

Collin Morikawa missed a putt on the 17th green at the Charles Schwab Challenge.The AP

Then: Where will I eat?

For the past three months, my wife and I have been cooking and eating every meal at home. Restaurants in New York and New Jersey, of course, aren’t open yet – other than for takeout.

Some restaurants in Fort Worth feel like they are free for all, with 75 percent capacity already permitted, little attention is paid to social distance and almost no face covering by customers (fortunately, all restaurant staff wear masks).

It’s hard to understand the fact that some people are so arrogant about viruses, even saying they don’t care if they get it.

These people clearly haven’t been affected by COVID-19, haven’t lost loved ones or friends because of the virus – as we all did at The Post at the beginning of the pandemic when robbing our dear friends and colleagues Anthony Causi.

When the coronavirus crisis initially disrupted our lives, we were trained to stay at home, avoid possible dangers, avoid contact with viruses so that we would not catch them or send them.

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The sports league was part of the first society to be closed.

And, while many worse things happen to so many people, in a small corner of my world, I am a sports writer without sports to cover up the end that appears before my eyes.

While the sports fan inside me really wants to watch live sports, the sports writer in me really needs them. When will we get a real game, a live broadcast for Chronicles again?

That time came for me last week in the Colonial, and that was therapy. It brings back at least a normal piece. And, the trip gave me more insight into what it was like in New York and New Jersey when we reopened restaurants and other businesses.

Reentering I felt successful – though anxious, but also useful.

Colonial, which has its best fields, produced a winner on Sunday night – Daniel Berger – and I have the privilege of taking notes for our Post readers. It feels at least a little like before before COVID-19.

So, in a strange way, when the flight returned I prepared to return to LaGuardia, I felt like I too won. Because hopefully I will feel a little more comfortable on my next assignment and then a little more comfortable than that on the next assignment.

Eventually, maybe, normalcy will appear. Whatever it is now.

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites



5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

In October, the number of overnight stays in 5-star hotels increased by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2019, which, according to additional information, namely from the DMC (Tourist Inception Agency), is associated with a strong increase in tourism from the United States. states.

Information published today by INE indicates that in October, compared to the same month before the pandemic, the number of overnight stays in tourist establishments in Portugal increased by 6.2%, with the strongest increase in hotels, at 8.2%. in which, therefore, 62.1% is concentrated. overnight stays.

The information shows that 4-star hotels, where the largest number of beds are concentrated, had 48.9% of overnight stays in October, totaling 2.05 million, which is +7.6% or more than 144.7 thousand than in October 2019.

This was followed by 3-star hotels with 927.3k, but this increase was about half of 5-star hotels, by 7.6% or 65.5k, to 927.3k, and then 5-star hotels with 857. 4 thousand overnight stays, an increase of 15.9%. or 117.6 thousand compared to the same pre-pandemic month.

In contrast to the evolution in these categories, there were 2- and 1-star hotels, in which the number of overnight stays decreased by 2.7%, or ten thousand, to 360.8 thousand.

The cheapest apart-hotels (three and two stars) also saw a decrease in overnight stays, from -20.9% or less than 24.4 thousand, in hotels and farms in Madeira, from -0.4% or less, to about 300, and in tourist settlements, from -7.7. % or less than 17.5 thousand.

At the same time, the number of apart-hotels increased by 1.2%, or 8.5 thousand, to 717.5 million, due to the increase in 5-star hotels by 6.7%, or 6.6 thousand, to 104.9 thousand, and 4-star, by 5.4 thousand% or 26.4 thousand to 519.9 thousand.

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Overnight stays in tourist apartments also increased by 3.2%, or 13.6 thousand, to 437.8 million, local accommodation, by 0.6%, or 5.5 thousand, to 901.2 thousand, and , primarily tourism in rural areas and housing, with an increase of 45.2% or 67.3 thousand to 216.5 thousand people.

The INE data also shows that Portuguese tourist sites were the best in October in terms of overnight stays this year, with peaks achieved by 5-, 4- and 3-star hotels, 5- and 4-star apartment hotels, accommodation . and rural tourism and housing development.

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The US market is already setting new annual records in Portuguese hotels

The Portuguese hospitality industry experienced the best October in terms of number of guests and overnight stays.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels



Government approves strategy to combat "Portuguese underrepresentation" in Brussels

This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.

“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.

The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.

To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.

The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.

The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”

The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”



"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"


The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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